10 Cooling Tips for Summer
Have your air conditioning system tuned-up for the season so that you are running at peak efficiency. Operating at peak efficiency will save you money because the system doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job!
Keep the thermostat constant. Continuously adjusting the thermostat can be very inefficient. You can, however, raise the thermostat 2-3 degrees during the day while you’re away to save money. For every degree you raise the setting, you can expect to cut energy consumption by up to 3-5%.
Flip the fan switch on your thermostat into the “fan on” mode when cooling the house. This process will ensure that air is always being stirred to prevent hot and cold pockets from forming.
Set air vents on the second floor to receive approximately 75 percent of the conditioned air. This will help even out the temperatures from the first to the second floor of the home.
Replace older windows with more efficient low-E glass. These windows help to reduce the effect of the suns warming rays. Also, keep storm windows closed.
Install an attic fan to help ventilate some of the hot air out of the attic. Attics can reach temperatures of 140 – 150 degrees and this buildup of warm air can make the upstairs of a home warmer than it needs to be. This makes the air conditioner work harder to do its job!
Run a dehumidifier in the basement if the basement is humid. A damp basement can add moisture to the whole house. A dehumidifier in the basement will help to reduce the humidity levels in your home, making it more comfortable throughout the hot summer months.
Clear or cut back shrubs and bushes from the outdoor unit. The sides of the unit require at least 12-18 inches of clearance for proper performance. Keep fallen leaves, grass clippings, foliage and other dirt and debris away from your outdoor unit. And keep the air conditioning coils clean, following manufacturers’ instructions.
Don’t block vents or ducts inside the house to assure air flow in the home. Caulk and install weather stripping around windows and doors (especially the attic) to close air gaps.
Use shades, blinds or curtains to keep sunlight out of the house. Keep windows and doors closed when the air conditioner is on. Turn off lamps, TV and other appliances when not in use and turn air conditioners off if you are going to be gone more than four hours.
10 Heating Tips for Winter
- Have your furnace system tuned-up for the season.
Furnaces that are left without preventative maintenance have a huge risk of causing safety issues around the home. One of the most common is the production of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) gas, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause nausea, dizziness, and even death. Having your heating system professionally inspected and repaired can reduce the risk of harmful CO buildups, keeping your home safer throughout the heating season. Also, a heating system tune-up can prevent your furnace from costing you a small fortune to use. Because your heating system has been dormant for so long, it needs a little maintenance to get it ready to run properly again. Without this maintenance, it can be sluggish and inefficient, which means higher energy costs every month.
- Set the thermostat correctly.
The most economical operation of your system comes from setting the thermostat properly. Set the thermostat at the lowest winter setting at which you are comfortable. Typical settings are 68 degrees for winter heating. When heating, your operating costs increase similarly for each degree your thermostat is raised.
- Keep the air filter clean.
The easiest way to ensure your system operates efficiently and economically is by keeping the air filter clean. There are several types of air filters and several possible locations for the air filter. Ask your service technician next time he’s out at your home to show you where your air filter is located and which type of filter to use. If you have allergies, you should look at a pleated allergy filter or a media or electronic style air cleaner.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
Close all doors and windows to the outside. This will reduce the heating load in winter and your system will operate more economically as a result.
- Keep vents and grilles unobstructed.
Arrange your furniture and drapes so that all output vents and intake grilles are free from obstruction. This will reduce the heating load on your system for more economical operation.
- Avoid excess use of exhaust fans.
Excessive use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans will make your system work harder. This will increase energy consumption and costs. Keep costs in check by making wise use of exhaust fans.
- Control direct sunlight.
Let the sun in during the winter. In winter, direct sunlight reduces the load on your heating system. Open window shades and awnings to increase direct sunlight and lower the heating load.
- Keep heat away from the thermostat.
Make sure no heat-generating appliances are near your thermostat. These include lamps, TV’s, stereos and computer equipment.
- Use ceiling fans in reverse.
You can save energy in the winter by reversing the direction of your ceiling fans to a counterclockwise direction. This pushes the any warm air that rises back down into the living spaces.
Warm air leaking out of your home during the winter can waste a substantial portion of your energy dollars. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather-strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside. You can save 10% or more on your energy bill by reducing the air leaks in your home.
Johnson’s is proud to announce the official launch of our newly redesigned website! In this age of information technology, we want to be able to communicate with each of our customers at the click of a button. The goal of our new website is to make it informative, user friendly and an essential tool that would complement our face to face communication with customers. We’ve had our new site in the works for months and it is beyond satisfying to finally see it go live!
Information about Johnson’s is featured on our new company website www.johnsonsheating.com along with a description of our services including heating and cooling services. Be sure and look at all the different sections of our website – Johnson’s offers much more than just heating and air, we offer household plumbing services too! All heating and air companies are not alike and as you navigate our new website, we think you will see why Johnson’s Heating and Air Conditioning is one of the top rated and most highly recognized HVAC companies in the area. Please take a look at our “About” and “Why Us” sections to see what makes Johnson’s different!
For over 62 years Johnson’s Heating & Air Conditioning has been Westmoreland County’s #1 HVAC service, sales, repair and installation company. We are family owned and operated and have been serving Westmoreland County and its surrounding areas since 1951. Johnson’s Heating and Air Conditioning has thousands of satisfied customers. We are dependable to show up on schedule, provide reasonable rates and use the best quality materials. We also guarantee that our work is done right the first time. Johnson’s brings a refreshing and honest work ethic to any home! Johnson’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help homeowners with all of their heating, cooling and plumbing problems as well as diagnose your whole house and recommend solutions that will provide you and your family with the most energy efficient home possible.
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